It has been 20 years this month since I left my 9-5 job. I have enjoyed every day the Lord blessed me with, while being able to be a "stay at home" mom. It was during this time that I began to "bank" on my own talents and credentials.
I am self-employed and have re-invented myself a half dozen times in the past 15 years. I feel I've metamorphosed into each phase of these re-inventions with a new insight and experience that has built my business and brand.
Many family and friends don't understand this...really...I don't know what they think I do all day...especially now that I am an empty nester.
Why is it, that people still say to me..."oh, well, you don't work..." Really...I work my butt off! It just happened again this past weekend. I didn't even comment, I just sat there.
I sat down this morning and figured out the hours I put into my "business" last week. I'm over 40 hours working on 2 estates for sales this month and I'm over 20 hours on networking, social media, advertising, blogging and writing the curriculum for my class at the UW Extension office.
I'm not bragging here - as I actually HATE it when people state how busy they are....we all are busy.... I am writing this rather I guess to somehow reflect and justify my self-employment.
If you know someone who is self-employed - please do not tell them that "they don't 'work' or have a 'real' job." Most times, we can't leave our 9-5 and go home for the day...we live at our 9-5's. Also, because we can make or break ourselves, our minds are always at "work." I see inspiration and ideas everywhere - I'm always thinking on "what to do next."
O.K. I'm done now, thanks for listening....
Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.
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